Moyses Stevens goes under

Moyses Stevens, the Covent-Garden based florist has gone into administration
after more than 130 years of trading.

Martin Atkins and Freddy Khalastchi of Harris Lipman have been appointed as
joint liquidators of the company, which has become the lastest victim of
challenging trading conditions in the retail sector.

Moyses Stevens was established in 1876 and supplies customers nationwide from
its three London outlets, including a concession at Peter Jones in Sloane
Square, a floristry studio and a head office in New Covent Garden Flower Market.

26 of its 45 employees clung onto their jobs as a result of the
administration process. The contract and events side of Moyses Stevens and its
Peter Jones concession have been sold to London florists Blakes Flowers, which
will continue to use the Moyses Stevens name, the administrators said.

Martin Atkins added: ‘In these difficult times, it was pleasing that we were
able to rescue a sizeable proportion of the business, thus preserving as many
jobs as possible and retaining an extremely well-known name within the floristry

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